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A bowl of sweet and sour pork made in the pressure cooker and chopsticks on the side
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Pressure Cooker Sweet and Sour Pork (Lighter Version)

Sweet and Sour Pork is an easy, gluten-free one pot dish, that can be quickly prepared in the pressure cooker. The pork is stir-fried instead of deep-fried, tender, and so delicious. Save some bucks with this homemade Takeout! 
Course:Entree
Cuisine:Chinese
Keywords:pressure cooker, sweet and sour pork
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories707 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs pork stew meat (2 to 3-inch cubes)
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste (OR 3 tbsp ketchup)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup medium diced onions
  • 2 cups medium diced bell pepper (different colors)
  • 1 cup canned pineapple chunks (without liquid)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water (or pineapple juice from the can)
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  • First, heat the pressure cooker by pressing Sauté -> click on the Adjust button -> select More to get the Sauté More function.
  • This means the food will be sautéed on medium-high heat. Mine goes up to 395 degrees F. Wait for the Pressure Cooker indicator to read HOT, or wait about 2-3 minutes to get hot.
  • Meanwhile, pat dry the pork chunks with paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Add the oil to the hot pressure cooker, wait one minute for the oil to heat up and add the pork. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring a few times, and cook until browned.
  • Stir in honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and tomato paste just until combined. Then, add garlic, onion, bell pepper, and pineapple chunks. Gently stir, close the lid, and seal the pressure valve.
  • Select either the Stew or Poultry Function and adjust time to 5 minutes. Although Pork is not poultry, the meat takes about the same time to cook. Use a 10 minute Natural Release. Turn off the heat and release remaining pressure. Open the lid and gently stir so as not to crush the pork and vegetables.
  • In a small bowl, make a slurry by whisking cornstarch with water until combined with no lumps. Select again the Sauté function. Add the slurry to the pork and vegetables and gently stir to combine.
  • Cook on Sauté function for 4-5 additional minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens. It will get thicker as it cools. 
  • Turn off the Pressure Cooker, add chopped green onion and sesame seeds. Serve warm over rice or riced cauliflower and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Love pork dishes? Try our Quick Barbecue Pork Chops

Nutrition

Calories: 707kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 1688mg | Potassium: 872mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 2480IU | Vitamin C: 121.7mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 3mg
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